WORKFORCE: Heather Mcnair has been appointed chief nurse at Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust.

She joins from Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust where she was deputy director of nursing.

Ms Mcnair, 47, who is also a qualified midwife, said in a statement: “I’m very excited to be part of the team at Barnsley Hospital. It’s a real opportunity to help make a difference in what are challenging times for everyone in the NHS.”

FT chief executive Paul O’Connor said: “I’m delighted to welcome Heather on board. Her credentials are second to none and I’m sure she will make a significant contribution to nurse leadership and management here at Barnsley.”

Ms Mcnair said: first worked as a midwife in Leeds, before becoming head of midwifery at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1998 and deputy director of nursing in 2001 – a post she held for 10 years.

Ms Mcnair succeeds Juliette Greenwood who is now the chief nurse at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.